Mývatn is one of the most stunning areas of Iceland and is definitely a must-see during your stay in Iceland. It takes around an hour and 15 minutes to get there by car from Akureyri and we recommend that you get there early, and even plan an overnight stay in the area to make sure not to miss any major sightseeings. Make sure you won’t miss Godafoss waterfall, but you will pass it on the way from Akureyri to Mývatn.
Start by heading to Krafla and Hverir and from there walk some stunning, but easy short trails to Leirhnjúkur and Námafjall. If you want to be sure not to miss out, make a detour loop from Reykjahlid to Grjótagjá (you can even dip your toes in the hot cave water), Stóragjá, Hverfell, Dimmuborgir, Höfði and back. If a hike isn’t suitable (or the weather isn’t that great) these sights can also be enjoyed from the car.
For an exquisite overview of the Myvatn lake region, contact Myflug, a small airline that offers sightseeing flights upon request. We cannot think of a better way to capture the unique beauty of the surreal landscapes than by air. The tours Myflug offer are from 20 minutes to 2 hours long but bear in mind that they also do tours upon request.
End the day with a lovely dinner while you enjoy a beautiful view at Hotel Laxá restaurant. An evening stroll along Myvatn Lake shores is also a nice way to reflect on a great day of sightseeing.